La Liga fans in India will have to be ready for a late start as Argentine superstar Lionel Messi will be seen in a Barcelona shirt to start his La Liga 2020-21 season on Sunday night.
FC Barcelona, who finished runners-up to eternal rivals Real Madrid in the previous La Liga season, had been worried about losing captain Messi after he informed them that he wanted to leave Barca. He was eventually persuaded to stay on for another season.
The 26-time La Liga champions have sold key players Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez but still have enough firepower to get off to a winning start against Villarreal. Watch Barcelona vs Villarreal on live streaming in India.
Defending champions Real Madrid, meanwhile, will be up against Real Betis late on Saturday.
Real Madrid began their La Liga 2020-21 campaign with a goalless draw against Real Sociedad last week. They will rely heavily on star striker Karim Benzema to try and score their first goal of the new season.
Real’s city rivals Atletico Madrid will be playing their first game of the La Liga season against early leaders Granada.
In other matches, David Silva could start for Real Sociedad against newly-promoted Elche after he recovered from COVID-19 while Sevilla will be eyeing a victory over La Liga new boys Cadiz after losing to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup.
La Liga schedule, fixtures and live timings
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Saturday, September 26
Deportivo Alaves vs Getafe, 4.30 PM IST
Valencia vs SD Huesca, 7.30 PM IST
Elche vs Real Sociedad, 10:00 PM IST
Sunday, September 27
Real Betis vs Real Madrid, 12.30 AM IST
Osasuna vs Levante, 3.30 PM IST
Eibar vs Athletic Bilbao, 5.30 PM IST
Atletico Madrid vs Granada, 7.30 PM IST
Cadiz vs Sevilla, 10 PM IST
Real Valladolid vs Celta Vigo, 10:00 PM IST
Monday, September 28
Barcelona vs Villarreal, 12.30 AM IST
Where to watch La Liga live in India
All the La Liga 2020-21 season matches will be streamed live on the official La Liga Facebook page. La Liga will not be broadcast on any TV channels in India.